This was a fantastic initiative and not to give the Aussies amongst us too much credit ( they'll take it anyhow :-), Hanny Allston's WOC GOLD in sprint really seemed to fire up O in Oz.
I am a strong advocate for these small map, small event formats which have the potential to widen the reach and appeal of O - given the right branding.
On a personal note "sprinting" (2005 Pawtuckaway) got me back into competitive orienteering- so thank you!
Agreed. The sprints are the highest energy and most fun events. I really like the long events as well, but they take so long, and all the action is hidden away in the woods. The sprint series finals each year have been the most stimulating and memorable events for me.
And it is nice to see new venues in Amherst and 'the campus that shall not be named' appear. The more the merrier.
I had thought that there few sprint sprints around because there wasn't suitable terrain, but here in Westchester alone I've seen five or six decent areas. Permission&mapping is another issue, but at least for Purchase it was very straightforward.
Oh, it's worth driving down early on Saturday and taking a quick spin around the gardens of Pepsico, across the road from Purchase. It's free. I bet you can't go through there without imagining a beautiful orienteering race taking place. Not saying it'd be amazingly technical, just pretty :)